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personnel from benghazi to tripoli. officials originally believed the attack was prompted by an anti-islamic video, but said this attack was too coordinated to have been spontaneous. >> reporter: good evening from washington. these shocking murders of our diplomats serve as a reminder of how dangerous the culture clash still is between the west and much of the muslim world. and how intense the clashes now between the rivals in the race for the white house. the u.s. consulate was still burning when president obama ordered in u.s. marines to protect american officials remaining in libya. he learned this morning four diplomats were dead. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. >> reporter: riots preceded the deaths, first in cairo, then in benghazi, libya's number two city, well known to u.s. ambassador chris stevens. he was there when u.s. air raids prevented a massacre by moammar gadhafi. stevens reportedly braved the riot to help evacuate his people but was killed along with three colleagues. secretary of state clinton was chris steve
the attack on the u.s. consultate in benghazi that killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens. the top libyan official says that the attack on tuesday was quote his words preplanned. al-qaeda says the operation was revenge for our killing a top al-qaeda leader. what do we know? >> we are obviously investigating this very closely. the fbi has a lead in this investigation. the information the best information and the best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned premeditated attack. that what happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo as a consequence of the video. people gathered outside the embassy and then it grew very violent and those with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heav heavy weapos which unfortunately are quite common in post revolutionary libya and that then spun out of control. we don't see at this point signs this was a coordinated plan premeditated attack. we will wait for the results of the investigation and don't want to jump to conclusions before then. i think it is impo
.s. consulate in been gaza that killed -- benghazi that killed four american citizens. the two confirmed thus far among the dead are slawn smith, an air force veteran turned information management officer and ambassador chris stevens, one of america's finest and bravest foreign service officers. i didn't know sean smith, i know he's a great american who served his country, but i had gotten to know chris stevens quite well. and ambassador chris stevens' death, the libyan people have lost a champion and believer in the peaceful aspirations of their democratic revolution. the american people have lost a selfless and dedicated servant of our interests and our values, and i have lost a friend. my thoughts and prayers today are with chris' family and the loved ones of his fallen colleagues. my god grant them comfort in their time of grief. our most urge vent -- urgent order of business is now is to ensure our citizens in libya and egypt and elsewhere across the world are safe. americans look to the government in libya and egypt and elsewhere to meet their responsibilities in this regard. we also lo
the streets in benghazi. the groups are individuals that committed these acts must be found. there's no evidence yet there was any act by either one of these two governments but by individuals or even by groups. in libya, al qaeda cousins, as i call them, claims responsibility for the murder of our u.s. ambassador. it's no coincidence that these two attacks occurred nearly at the same time and they both occurred on the anniversary of 9/11. immediately, the attackers blamed a movie that was produced as the reason, an excuse, a justification for murdering. it's never the fault of a movie. it's never the fault of the united states. it's never the fault of western culture that people are murdered in the name of somebody else's religion. it's the responsibility and it's the fault and people to be held accountable are the ones who committed these specific acts of terror against the united states. in the past, the united states has always held and went after those responsible for this time of conduct. in 1998 when the kenyan embassy was attacked and americans were killed, we responded. of
.s. consulate in libya leaving the american ambassador and three others dead in the town of bengha benghazi. as president obama condemns this outrageous attack anti-american protesters spreading across the middle east in response to an anti-muslim film one backed by an infamous koran burning preacher. the flag is half staff for an american hero. >> my name is chris stevens and i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. >> reporter: he was 52 years old. a former peace corps volunteer, a gentle man and idealist. >> i've spent almost my entire career in the middle east and north africa. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton remembered him today. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant and gave his life trying to help build a better libya. the world needs more chris stevenses. the attack came at night. 10:00 p.m. city of benghazi. militants stormed the u.s. consulate and overwhelmed security guards. inside, chris stevens and several other americans trapped, pinned down by intense smoke and gunfire. the attack rages on for five hours. chris stevens dies from asphyxiation along with sean smit
the u.s. benghazi overnight . ambassadorhe u.s and three other americans. john gonzalez is following the latest. >> the president ordered an increase in security at american diplomatic posts around a worl unrest in the middle east deadly.and now turns u.s. embassies in arab world are under attack. benghazi, the u.s. ambassador chris stevens, and three other afterans have been killed mob attacked and set fire u.s. consulate, firing grenades,d outnumbering libyan security forces if. cairo, egypt, anti-american demonstrators scaled the walls flag toed american after pulling it down. >> make no mistake, we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. the protesters in both countries appear to be angry film produceddget the states by an israeli that they claim insults' the profit muhammed. is being promoted by the likes of a pastor terry, who attempted to burn a karan in 2012. he says it is not designed to attack muslims but to show the destructive ideology of islam. happen in a this that we helped to in a city that we destruction?from >> a
, harmless. the other in benghazi. focused and deadly. protesters in cairo answer a preacher's call on tv to go to the u.s. embassy to denounce a video made in the u.s. that insults islam. by 6:00 p.m., protesters scale walls. no one is hurt, but egyptian police are noticeably slow to arrive. around 10:00 p.m. in libya, militants attack the u.s. consulate in benghazi. they set the consulate on fire. over the next five hours until nearly dawn, u.s. and libyan security personnel inside the consulate battle the militants building to building. four americans, including the consulate, were killed. today, the libyan government, which has close relations with the united states, apologized. and there was a pro-american demonstration in benghazi. but elsewhere in the region, there were anti-american demonstrations. in afghanistan, the government blocked access to youtube. and in egypt, where it all began, the protest in front of the u.s. embassy. richard engle, nbc news, cairo. >> here at home, dozens gathered outside the white house to denounce the violence in libya. live in d.c. with the calls f
on americans in benghazi. the unanswered questions that are not going away. and the new demand for answers. >>> hitting home, a stark reminder today of the struggle so many americans are facing, even if they have a job. >>> where is jimmy hoffa, an enduring american mystery, tonight, why they're digging into the evidence. >>> and an extraordinary suggestion from the head of apple. >>> and making a difference, under the friday night lights, something everybody can hear about. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, i'm savannah guthrie, in tonight for brian. it has been more than two weeks since the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans were killed at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. tonight, a rare reversal, tonight, the intelligence officials say they originally got it wrong. patience, with the investigation, and shifting explanations from the administration. tonight, members of congress from both parties are demanding answers, and on the ground in libya, the american officials sent to piece this case together can't even get to the scene of the attack. we begin tonight with
in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, including the u.s. ambassador there. christopher stevens and a foreign service information management officer sean smith. other names have not been released yet. that violence, of course, triggered by a u.s.-made film that denounced islam. >> we're understanding that secretary clinton is speaking from the treaty room at the state department, so let's bring in nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell, and andrea, we've already seen a statement released from secretary clinton. what else are we expecting to hear? >> reporter: we're going to hear her not only express her profound sorrow but also speak to all of the diplomats. this is really a crushing blow to the foreign service, and chris stevens was personally close to the secretary and close to the president. this is someone who was only appointed by president obama, sworn in to office last may. he had had two prior tours of duty. he been in benghazi during the uprising. he had been on the ground in libya, but also as a career foreign service officer and ambassador in other
happened yesterday in the city of benghazi. a libyan security official told nbc news that the u.s. ambassador, chris stevens, was killed when a mob, an armed mob attacked the consulate in benghazi yesterday. first they attacked the consulate with rpgs and then automatic rifles and then set the building on fire. this official says that the u.s. ambassador was holed up in some sort of room and apparently died of smoke inhalation. the u.s. state department has not officially confirmed his death, only saying that a u.s. official has been killed. >> and richard, do we know anything about the identity of the three others that were killed in that attack as well? are they americans, military personnel? >> reporter: we don't know. we know -- we've been told that the u.s. ambassador's body and three other bodies have been taken to the benghazi airport. there are some reports that at least one, perhaps all of them, may have been u.s. marines, but we have not been able to confirm that. our source is only saying that it was the ambassador. three other bodies and that the libyan president and
and three other americans were murdered by a mob in benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorism attacks. all u.s. personnel has been evacuated from benghazi. tom fitzgerald has the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: at first it appeared to be an out of control demonstration by muslim protesters in libya upset over a movie they claim mocks muhammad. but the demonstration may have been a cover. its been indicated islamic extremists used the crisis town leash a premeditated assault on the u.s. symbol on the 9/11 anniversary. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. >> reporter: speaking in the rose garden president barack obama condemned the attacks and killing of u.s. ambassador chris stevens. >> we jean all efforts to denigrate -- we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. >> reporter: the president then went to the state departmento mourn with employees while his secretary of state said the libyan government was not invo
intelligence on the uprising in benghazi was spontaneous. but the house intelligence committee chairman mike ronnellers said today, it's too early to tell. president obama has come under intense scrutiny over his handling of the attack. some question whether he should have offered more support in the arab spring and taken a firmer stand against extremist and done more to enhance security in the region. all of these issues very del gaiticate in the campaign for the white house and the president. an official in new york said that mitt romney should have waited to comment on benghazi. but he is no fan of president obama's. >> president obam's's policy has been confusing and mis guided. from the day he started his apology tour, when he was, no matter what anybody says, apologizing to the world. >> reporter: the fbi conducting the ongoing investigation of the attacks in cairo and benghazi. >> thank you. >> u.s. defense secretary leon panetta saying that the turmoil raging across the world is likely to continue into the days ahead. what is the next step for the u.s. government and world leaders? s
to libya and three other americans killed in an attack on the u.s. consequence lawsuit in benghazi. good evening. i'm -- consulate in benghazi. good evening. i'm brian bolter. >> i'm shawn yancey. ambassador chris stevens and three others were killed in that attack. the big question? was it planned in time for the 9/11 anniversary. two warships are moving to the libyan coast. >> fox 5's bob barnard begins our coverage tonight. >> chris stevens is the first u.s. ambassador to be killed on the job in more than 30 years and more than likely not coincidently on the anniversary of the september 11th terrorist attacks. two other americans killed in libya last night still have not been identified. the deadly attack in northern africa is being condemned in the libyan capital and here in washington. they came together on the street in front of the white house, its flag at half staff, dozens of muslim americans, many of libyan heritage, upset over the killing of the u.s. ambassador and three other americans in libya tuesday night. >> it's just a big loss to us, more than to america. we lost a frie
, entitled u.s. officials expect strike on benghazi post coordinated, timed for 9/11 anniversary. u.s. officials are increasingly suspicious that the murder tuesday of the u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stevens, and three other american officials was not the result of a protest against anti-islam film but instead was a coordinated terror strike timed for the 11th anniversary of the september 11 attacks. a senior administration official told fox news that they are exhaustively investigating every angle of the attack in benghazi and an earlier assault on the embassy in cairo, egypt, but there are early signs that the benghazi assault may have been planned. the official caution -- cautioned, though that the administration has not jumped to any conclusions about what happened, saying it would be premature to do so. the article goes on down and it quotes different people, one pete hoekstra, former chairman of the house intelligence committee, who told fox news that the attack appeared to have the markings of an al qaeda or al qaeda-affiliated strike. quotes him as saying, we have
pretoria to baghdad and finally to benghazi. the mission that drew chris and sean and their colleagues to libya is both noeble and necessary. we and the people of libya honor their memory by carrying it forward. this is not easy. today, many americans are asking, indeed, i asked myself, how could this happen. how could this happen in a country we helped liberate in a city we helped save from destruction. this question reflects just how complicated and, at times, how confounding, the world can be. but we must be clear-eyed even in our grief. this was an attack by a small and savage group. not the people or government libya. everywhere chris and his team went in libya, in a country scarred by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. and when the attack came yesterday, libyans stood and fought to defend our post. some were wounded. libyans carried chris' body to the hospital and they helped rescue and lead other americans to safety. and last night, when i spoke to the president of libya, he strongly condemned the violence and pledged every effort to protect our people an
raged on. protestors targeting the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, and apparently u.s. citizens, as well. killed in the rampage, the u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stevens, as well as at least three other americans. stevens had been a key figure helping libyans overthrow moammar qaddafi all of this over a video produced by a u.s. citizen and uploaded on youtube that depicts mohammed as among other things a womanizer. >> don't make our people angry because they will kill! they will fight! they will do such a situation. >> reporter: it mirrors the scene in egypt where protestors stormed the u.s. embassy in cairo. the embassy's first response was to condemn the video which brought a stinging rebuke from administration critics. >> mob of al qaeda sympathizers in egypt forcing the united states into making a statement essentially of apology. on 9/11 of all days, for something which we are not responsible for. i would say to the mob, go to hell. >> reporter: the administration later disavowed its own embassy's response saying the statement by embassy cairo was not cleared by wa
chris stevens and three other embassy employees died in a rocket attack yesterday in benghazi, libya. the government isn't saying much about the attack, but secretary of state hillary clinton did announce late last night that a state department officer had been killed in libya. there have been violent protests in libya over a film an american made that was critical of the prophet muhammad. that film also sparked these demonstrations in egypt. this is the u.s. embassy in cairo where demonstrators scaled walls and tore down an american flag. most of the embassy staff had already left the compound. we aren't hearing of any deaths or serious injuries at that protest. we will monitor the situation in libya and bring you any updates that we receive. first, good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> and good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. >>> right now it is 6:00 a.m. the sun is soon to rise on another beautiful day around the washington region. a live look outside. temperatures 62 degrees here in upper northwest d.c. >> loving this weather. storm team 4 meteorologist tom keierein with our foreca
.s. consulate in benghazi yesterday. the president in turn was faulted by his presidential rival mitt romney. steve handelsman has the latest. >> reporter: the u.s. consulate was still burning when president obama ordered in u.s. marines to protect american officials remaining in libya. he learned this morning four diplomats were dead. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. >> reporter: riots preceded the deaths, first in ki yo, then in benghazi, syria's number two city, well known to chris stephens. he was there when u.s. air raids prevented a massacre by moammar gadhafi. stephens reportedly braved the otto evacuate his people. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. >> reporter: why the riots? clips had flooded the internet of an amateurish anti-muslim movie said to be made in the u.s. as flags were lowered in washington, the tragedy went political. >> an apology for america's values is never the right course. >> reporter: mitt romney blamed president obama for a statement by the u.s.
: protests took a deadly turn in libya on tuesday as muslims stormed the u.s. consulate building in benghazi. four americans were killed including the u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens. >> chris is a hero. he is a real hero. he is the man who believed in the libyans. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton says she feels personally responsible for stevens death. >> that was a very personal loss. i'm the one who sent chris to benghazi. >> president obama has condemned the deadly attack in libya and has vowed to bring those responsible to justice. in the meantime, the u.s. is stepping up security at embassies around the world. that is the latest here in the control room. back to you. >> thank you. >>> other stories making local headlines this morning, students and faculty at central high school will gather for a memorial this afternoon for marckel ross, teenager shot and killed on wednesday while walking to school. students will wear blue shirts to honor the 11th grader. last night a haven't ill was held to remember the bow who could put a southcenter mall on anyone's face. >> ma
over there is tragic. >> pretty upsetting. i was pretty embarrassed and disappointed if. >> in benghazi, libya, demonstrators rallied in america, denouncing attack carried out by a rogue group. four americans were killed an information specialist sean smith and the u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens. >> my name is chris stevens and the new u.s. ambassador or to libya. life to stop as lifet and then gave his o help build a better libya. >> we have learned the u.s. consulate was hit with two attacks. it lasted five hours. within 15 minutes of the first the attackers were able to enter the main compound of complex and set it ablaze. a terror group affiliated with qaeda has claimed attacksbility for the libya. officials believed it was coinciding with the 9/11 anniversary. jummy olabanji reporting. i want to share some live that we are getting libya and from a conflict this is egypt, actually. you can see quite a bit of activity. we will continue to follow the story. ambassador christopher stevens was on his second tour of duty in libya. the career diplomat ran the benghazi office durin
allies and presumably this group that attacked the amecan consulate in benghazi yesterday. i understand that the results of some of the first elections of -- are unclear, in some sense unsettled to some people here, but the fact is they've chosen democracy. and people are self-governing and they're looking for a better life, and that's exactly the posite of what bin laden, al qaeda, and i would guess the people who killed chris stevens yesterday dire. so senator mccain is absolutely right, this is the day -- i can almost hear chris stevens saying, come on, get up, stay in the fight; don't surrender to the crazies, to the fanatics, to the violent extremists. stand with the overwhelming majority, with the people of libya who want just what we want, a better future for themselves and their families. mr. mccain: i'd just like to say in conclusion i thank my old, dear friend from connecticut and the senator from south carolina. and i finally would just share with my colleagues, on last july 7th, i was in tripoli with chris stevens and it was the first free and fair election the libyan people
consulate in benghazi. the secretary of state began by offering these words of tribute. >> so we will wipe away our tears, stiffen our spines, and phase the future undaunted. and we will do it together, protecting and helping one another, just like sean, tyrone, glen, and chris always did. >> in addition to the presence of their families and the most senior members of government, this was also an opportunity for friends and colleagues to pay their respects. dozens of of state department workers boarded buses in washington to attend the ceremony. the president said those that gave their lives represented the very best of american leadership. >> the united states of america will never retreat from the world. we will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every person deserves, whatever their creed. whatever their faith. that's the essence of american leadership. that's the spirit that sets us apart from other nations. this was their work in benghazi and this is the work we will carry out. >> but while americans mourn at home, the united states faces a growing crisis throughout m
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. american violence is beginning to show signs of slowing, but tensions remain high. the state department is evacuating all family members and non-u.s. government personnel from tunisia and the sudan. we have a reporter on the ground in tunisia. >> reporter: shannon, no wonder the state department is concerned. we are back from the area around the u.s. embassy compound here in tunis. we scpaw heard amazing things. today, the compound is secure, tukneesian military very much present. but we are told they were nowhere to be found during key moments on friday, as protesters scaled the wall, mashed up the place before they were driven out. more shocking, is what we saw next door at the american school, that's a k-12, where over 600 kids of foreign parent, including 100 american children. take a look. at noon on friday, the playground at this tukneesian school would have been filled with young kids, some of them american. then the administrators got word that a violent protest was happening across the street at the u.s. embassy and the protesters could be comi
in benghazi, at the headquarters of care the washington-based muslim civil rights and advocacy organization are condemning what they call the disgraceful killings of american diplomats. >> the killings of our diplomats deserve condemnation and should be brought to justice. this attack is inexcusable and cannot be justified under any justificati justification. >> reporter: this video of ambassador stevens was posted on the website in libya, when he took over the post earlier this year. >> i had the honor to serve as the u.s. envoy tohe libyan opposition during the revolution and i was thrilled to watch the libyan people stand up and demand their rights. >> reporter: ambassador stevens was a moving force in the u.s. partnership with the new libya. >> his enthusiasm, his unbridled sense of hope and love for the libyan experience. he is the machin who actually walked the streets of benghazi. he has seen the revolution in eyes that probably even libyans haven't shared. >> reporter: mark ginsberg is a former ambassador to morocco. >> he was one of those people who dedicated his life to reconcilia
.s. consulate building in benghazi killing the u.s. ambassador to inlibya and three other americans. president obama strongly condemned the pentagon has deployed two warships to the coast. >> we will bring the killers to justice. >> reporter: many others are speaking out against the vile the protest. >> the killers of our diplomats deserve condemnation and should be brought to justice. this attack is inexcusable and cannot be justified under any justification. >> we call upon the libyan government and the political leadership to take firm and swift action to bring the savage perpetrators to justice. >> reporter: and while thousands in the region are blaming the u.s. for the film, some say the asks of the protesters have gone too far. >> here we are because some of of the extremists have carried out appear attack on the embass y. this is a wrong act. they should have simply protested instead. >> all u.s. personnel in benghazi have been evacuated and security has been increased at u.s. empassies and consulates around the world. there are calls for some muslim groups for continued mass protests a
her about the attack on the american consulate in benghazi and this is what she said. >> the best information we have federal is that it was not a preplanned attack. it was a spontanous reaction to what happened in cairo as a consequence of the video. >> chris: why did ambassador rice give bad information. >> guest: at the point she gave that answer is the answer show gave and she has far more information than i do. we have learned more and as the investigation continues, i anticipate we will continue to learn more facts about the awful assassination and murder of our great ambassador in libya. you saw the white house say it was a terror attack and no one wants to get to the bottom of this more than the president and secretary of state so that we can protect our missions and consulate throughout the world and remain engaged. >> chris: i specifically asked the ambassador of libya who was saying it was preplanned. i specifically asked her about al-qaida that said it was revenge for killing the top al-qaida leader. mrs. rice said it was a spontanous attack that was not preplanned and
in benghazi that was attacked a couple of months. and we knew there was a heightened level of security. >> gretchen: according to senior diplomat sources the u.s. state department had information 48 hoirs before the mobs charged that american missions may be targeted but no warnings were begin for the diplomats to go on high alert and lock down. aside from that congressman, now the safe house in benghazi is known obviously and there is reports that sensitive documents may be missing and libyans who were working with the americans to help them are outed. >> that poses's new set of problems and a breach much our embassy and consolate is serious. there is information that should be classified and state secrets because of the work we do as a diplomatic mission overseas. any information that gets out is sensitive and a loss. there are procedures in embassies and consulate when the wall is breachedcertain things are supposed to be done. there is a thorough review. did we lose information or is it clear yet today that we have lost something that jeopardized the life of libyans. >> the libyan
smith, glenn doherty and tyrone woods. the four men were killed when the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya came under attack tuesday. >> today we bring home four americans who gave their lives for our country and our values. >> reporter: the obama administration is pushing back against a british newspaper report that the state department had credible information about the benghazi attack 48 hours before it happened. >> the story is absolutely wrong. we were not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi was planned or imminent. >> reporter: violent demonstrations against the anti- islam film spread across the muslim world friday. protesters breached the grounds of the u.s. embassies in tunisia and the sudan with angry mobs ripping down the american flag and replacing it with the black flag of muslim extremists. reports out of that region are saying a handful of demonstrators have died in those violent protests in tunisia and the sudan. at the state department danielle nottingham, derek, back to you. >> thank you. we ought to note
in been gauzy -- in benghazy have postponed the visit to libya until the violence subsides. protesters are raging over how an anti-islam film that this american filmmaker put out. he has been interviewed by authorities. in his weekly address, president obama promised to justice for those who killed u.s. ambassador to bolivia chris stevens and three other americans at the consulate. >> there's never any been ambassador to libya chris stevens and three other americans at the consulate. >> there's never any excuse for violence. so long as i am commander in chief, the united states will never tolerate efforts to harm our fellow americans. >> some say that tuesday's attack was planned. >> it was deliberate. i was given enough details of this by witnesses. >> they have no evidence that the attack was premeditated. but the scene of the first protest gives hope that other demonstrations will follow suit. >> that here at home, it has been nearly three weeks since the maryland teenager was found shot to death in her bedroom. police are stepping up their efforts to track down her killer. amber st
current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately, are readily available in postrevolutionary libya. and it escalated into a much more violent episode. obviously, that's our best judgment now. we'll await the results of the investigation, and the president has been very clear we'll work with the libyan authorities to bring those responsible to justice. >> was there a failure here that this administration is responsible for, whether it's an intelligence failure, a failure to see this coming, or a failure adequately protect u.s. embassies and installations from a spontaneous reaction like this? >> david, i don't think so. first of all, we had no actionable intelligence to suggest that any attack o
was ingood a coordinated attack. the u.s. consulate now abandoned was a villa in benghazi. killed in the tax was u.s. ambassador chris stevens. a state department information officer sean smith also died. u.s. officials believe the fire bombing of the u.s. consulate was a targeted terrorist attack planned for september 11th and not part of a spontaneous protest like another at the u.s. embassy in egypt where, again in cairo, there was rioting in the street. all over an obscure anti-islam video produced by a california film maker and posted on youtube. president obama condemned at tax and then went to the state department to mourn with employees there. hillary clinton said the libyan government was not involved. >> this was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people or government of libya. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. we are working with the government of libya to secure our diplomats. i've also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. >> reporter: sean smith was an air fo
and terrifying scene. 20 gun-wielding attackers, storming the american consulate in benghazi overnight. nearly a dozen americans were inside, guarded only by libyan security. for nearly 20 minutes, the libyan guards exchanged fire with the attackers. and hurled a firebomb inside. the militants burned down at least one building. ambassador stevens was either killed by smoke inhalation, or more likely in a car trying to escape with two guards, which may have been hit by a mortar. the other american was killed from smoke inhalation. ambassador stevens is a long-serving diplomat. widely respected and passionate about libya. he was there during the revolution, serving as the american representative to the transitional national council. earlier in the day tuesday, protesters breached the walls of the u.s. embassy in cairo, tearing down the american flag and ripping it to shreds. raising a black flag reading, there is no god but allah. u.s. officials fear both incidents are in response to this low-budget, anti-muslim film. it's so controversial in the middle east, abc news is not showing it. the movi
to libya, christopher stevens and three others in benghazi. that's just coming out of the white house. >>> some reports say that stevens died from a rocket attack and some day that he died in a car trying to get away from the consulate. some reports say that he three others were killed. >>> before this morning's rocket attack, angry protesters set fire to the consulate last night. they opened fire. four libyan soldiers reportedly died trying to defend the embassy. meanwhile, in cairo, protesters climbed the wall, tore down the american flag and burned it, and replaced it with a black islam flag. all of this in protest for a film that came out. >>> let's check with tucker barnes with the wonderful weather. >> nice cool start to the day. >> perfect. >> temperature in upper 70s, low 80s, what a nice time of the year. >> really is. >> warm during the day and cool at night. let's head to the headline for today. it continues right through the middle of the weekend. plenty of sunshine expected as well. back in the 40s, yeah, almost jacket weather here north and west. 50 reagan national. a lo
of their bag of tactics to come at us, i think is still an open question. >> [inaudible] your sense of benghazi now, and a couple of things i want to discuss. was there discussion of putting marines at the compound to help secure it? what is your assessment and analysis of al qaeda and affiliate's or inspired organizations, their ability to assemble and generate an attack capability of this sort very rapidly? and for the united states to openly have no sense that it needed to provide the security to meet that potential threat. what does it say to you about al qaeda abilities in that region? >> first of all, with regards to benghazi, we responded to a request to provide a fast team to go into tripoli and provide additional security there, and we responded to that. at that point, for all intents and purposes, benghazi had been pretty much unoccupied by any of the diplomatic and other security personnel that were there. the main focus then was on tripoli and the embassy in tripoli, and that is what we responded to. with regards to al qaeda and its efforts in that area, i think it is fair to say th
not represent a benghazi or islam." the president of the palestinian authority, who worked closely with chris sent me a letter of remembering his energy and integrity and deploring "an act of ugly terror." many others from across the middle east and africa have offered similar sentiments. this has been a difficult week for the state department's and for our country. we have seen the heavy assault on our post in benghazi bad took lives of those brave men. we have seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do it. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless. it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen, and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of the dictator for the tyranny of a mob. reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. we will, under the president's leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world. there will be more difficult days
the egyptian people reject unlawful acts like the attack that happened on the consulate in benghazi. the state department warning american embassy workers around the globe, especially in the middle east as you see on this map here, to be on alert in the wake of a deadly attack in libya. that includes embassies marked here, kuwait, sudan, tunisia. >> the attack in libya is leading to vigils and memorial services around the world. one took place last night outside the white house. the man who organized it grew up in falls church and took a year off of george mason to become a freedom fighter in libya. he knew ambassador stevens personally. >> he was really enthusiastic about being there and he was also very enthusiastic and excited about libyan-americans coming and helping. i remember him specifically telling us that he was very proud as an american that we're here as americans helping out this revolution. >> the last ambassador was adolph dubbs. >>> the republican presidential ticket preparing to stand by criticism of the white house's response to the libyan attacks as they hit the campaign tra
. arrests have been made in connection with tuesday's deadly attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. more from tripoli this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. officials have arrested suspects and they have several more under surveillance across the eastern part of the country, but they are not shedding any light as to who these individuals are and what role they may have played in the deadly attack. what we do know is according to libyan officials some of these individuals have been taken into custody after footage emerged at the protest which officials here say was essentially the cover that was exploited by militant groups. they are convinced so far that this was not simple police an outburst or a spontaneous outburst of anger against an anti-islamic film that appeared in the u.s., but rather a coordinated planned attack that way exploited by militant groups perhaps affiliated with al qaeda in the eastern part of libya. >> all right. that report from tripoli this morning with the latest. thank you. it's 7:03. here's david. >>> thank you. the violent anti-
in benghazi.the deaths came as protesters obama said he ordered all pt..-3 necessary resources to support the security of our peronnel in libya and to increase security at our diilomatic posts aroond the globe. police identify the elderly couple found dead in their pikesville home... and now the couple's grandson ii missing. missing.police were called to this home on olmstead road monday afternoon fter a neighbor saw a man's body through the window.the couple are 87 year old caughn and 85 year old marjorie pepper.there were no siggs f forced entry... police are also looking for the couplee adult grandson.. who lived inside the home with them... and is missing this morning. craig falk, pikesville: "extremely rare, ever. very peaceful and all together, very communal and all that neighborly stuff, so t's a shock, but... they were both very elderly, so it's hard to say what they idea or the motive is here." beinggcalled a suspect at this time.poliie would not say how the couple died. some badly needed improvements are coming to 12 librariessin baltimore city schools.... tt the tune of 5 m
in benghazi. also today hillary clinton attempted to distance the u.s.r u.s. government from a film that sparked the protest, calling the film disgusting and reprehensible. paul wagner is live in the newsroom with the story. >> reporter: reuters is quoting that the deputy interior minister is saying the four men are suspected of instigating the event. secretary clinton made her comments as violent protests continued in cairo and spread to yemen where demonstrators stormed a wall, broke windows and set fire to a building. >> hundreds of protestors converged in yemen, throwing rocks at the compound. demonstrators already pushed back by yemen forces. at state department secretary of state hillary clinton condemned the movie that mocks the prophet mohammed and the violence that followed. >> it appears to have a deeply cynical purpose to den grate a great religion and to provoke rage. >> reporter: at a campaign event today, president obama said the militants involved in the consulate attack that killed ambassador stevens would be brought to justice. >> i want people around the world to h
with the attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi and the u.s. government is trying to distance itself from a controversial anti-islam film that started it all. fox 5's will thomas is here now. >> right now we don't know if these are prime suspects in custody or people who may have some sort of knowledge about who is behind the consulate attack, an attack described by one u.s. intel official as a coordinated military style operation. the violence continues in nearly a dozen separate locations all across the middle east. these are anti-american protests in response to a film in los where it was made that mocks the islam prophet muhammad. >> there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence. >> so far it seems no one is listening to secretary clinton. in yemen protesters are trying to destroy the u.s. embassy. cars were torched, windows broken. this time the embassy was prepared, vac waiting everyone in advance -- evacuating everyone in advance, all of this response to the release of the video called innocence of muslims depicting the prophet muhammad as a fra
department worker at the u.s. consulate in the libyan city of benghazi. clinton calling on libya's president now to help protect americans in this country. she says the u.s. is also working with governments in other countries to protect americans abroad. protests also erupting in egypt. take a look. this is the u.s. embassy in cry row. demonstrators scaled walls and tore down the u.s. flag there. most of the officials had left the compound, having been warned of this protest. this film was made by a california man. later it was dubbed in arabic and posted on youtube. >>> more than 190 people are dead in pakistan's two biggest cities after fires broke out in two factories. the largest fire is at a garment factory in karachi. crews are still trying to put out the flames there. firefighters say many of the 166 who died were trapped in a basement. 25 others are dead in a shoe factory in lahore. many in pakistan's factories lack basic safety equipment like fire exteinguishers or sprinkle systems. >>> someone shot a 16-year-old boy in the district. it happened just after 1:00 on 37th street in sou
of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans in benghazi this week. but as we've mentioned, the protests continue in other parts of the arab world. jim continues our coverage from cairo, where there are new calls for protests. >> reporter: benghazi remained fairly calm today. perhaps the libyan government's quick crackdown on alleged perpetrators, four individuals have reportedly been arrested. and a manhunt is ongoing for others. the u.s. government is taking no chances. all u.s. diplomatic personnel have been evacuated to tripoli, and only emergency staff is being kept on at the embassy there. meanwhile, here in cairo, it has been another interesting day, another 24 hours of protests against the made in usa anti-islam film. last night, some very dramatic scenes near the u.s. embassy clashes between protesters throwing stones, riot police charging those protesters, firing tear gas, trying to disperse the crowd. there has not been a further breach of the u.s. embassy grounds. that is the good news. but it has remained violent. at least 224 injured, have needed treatment so
live next door in the benghazi neighborhood say they're sorry. >> what happened here is not representing the libyans, especially not representing our islam. we're not like that. >> we feel shame. we feel shame for what happened. they were here to help us. they helped us and they were helping us and we really need this help. >> reporter: last night a british newspaper, the independent, reported that 48 hours before the attack, the state department had, quote, credible information about possible attacks and ignored it. but the obama administration has flatly denied the accusation and a spokeswoman for the director of national intelligence called it absolutely wrong. she said, quote, we were not aware of any actionable intelligence that an attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi was either planned or imminent. as you heard norah o'donnell say, thee protests across -- these protests across the middle east expected to grow and spread after the friday morning prayers. back to you. >> kristin fisher with the live update from outside the state department this morning. >>> we'r
to keep the diplomats safe. in libya, u.s. intelligence officials do believe the attack in benghazi may have been preplanned. an al-qaeda video released monday called for revenge for the killing of al-qaeda's number two earlier this year. he was from libya and some believe the video may have been the trigger giving the go ahead for the attacks. ambassador chris stevens, who you just saw there and sean smith and three other americans were killed. three others wounded also when the consulate was fire bombed. president obama strongly condemned the attack. >> this was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people or government of libya. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. we are work with the government of libya to secure our diplomats. of i have avenue also directed my administering to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. >> protests continue in cairo, egypt. protest are danced, ignite fires and clashed with police. marines are headed toen force security in tripoli. >>> ate peaceful demonstration outside t
the prophet mohammed in very unflattering terms. that sparked protest both in cairo and in benghazi, libya. there is a serious situation. there is concern that the protests may spread to other countries. this is very much an ongoing situation. >> and just a little bit of background too on ambassador christopher stevens. we are looking at his picture right now. he had actually not been -- he had arrived in tripoli just a few months ago. he really hadn't been over there that long. any more information that we know about millennium and his service over there? -- about him and his service over there? >> i'm just reading that the deputy prime minister in libya just tweeted condemning the cowardly act of attacking the u.s. consulate and the killing of ambassador mr. stevens and the other diplomats. so i'm not sure that really serves as independent confirmation but it would seem to be another source indicating that this has taken place. we'll see what the response is from the white house today. there will have to be some kind of forceful response from this. there was a little bit of a misstep yes
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